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effani
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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This was just not a brilliant match between reader, format, and book. Still a pick because there were some poems I liked in it, but in general I didn't get much out of it. It didn't help that apparently there were a lot of references to David Bowie songs, which went straight over my head. I'd like to revisit the author's work in text format some day.

#ReadHarder2020: an audiobook of poetry #ReadHarder

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effani
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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I keep having to look again to check that this book was actually published in 2011. It's weirdly prescient - she wrote a poem that sounded like a eulogy for David Bowie before he actually died, and the poem I just listened to talks about war with Iran and election fraud. I guess prescience fits the science fiction theme anyway.

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effani
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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#ReadHarder2020: an audiobook of poetry

I'm not much of a poetry reader and not much of an audiobook person, so this is a hard one. I'm finding it's going in one ear and out the other, and I'm not retaining much. Poetry already makes me feel insecure (thanks, English teachers!), and I don't think the audio format does me any favors. Kind of want to pick this up as a print book later to see what I'm missing. #ReadHarder

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SamAnne
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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My last read of 2019 and a great one. I‘m compelled to post half the poems in Litsy posts but I will refrain! #poetryMatters

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Thndrstd
Stag's Leap: Poems | Sharon Olds
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Catching up on 2019 reads....

When the poet's husband left their long marriage, she coped with the loss through her poetry. Olds is a powerful writer and, even though the concept of this book is a bit stale, she makes it feel fresher and finds ways to capture some of the most intangible parts of her pain.

Palimpsest Hmm, Stag‘s Leap is the name of a wine too so I was thrown for a second by this book title. 3w
Thndrstd @Palimpsest actually it was their favorite wine which is where the title comes from. She got permission to use their logo for the cover 3w
Palimpsest @Thndstd Thank you for sharing that info with me. The book looks interesting. I enjoy poetry as well. 3w
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Lcsmcat
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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TheSpineView Great take on the prompt! 🙂 3w
Graywacke Such a terrific title 3w
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Lcsmcat
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#poetrymatters Billy Collins is often who I pick when someone says #YourChoice @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
KarmonR Love Billy Collins 2mo
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Scochrane26
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One of my fave days of the year is coming up on Nov 16th—my annual day to fangirl over authors, especially the revered Wendell Berry. Thought I‘d share for those of you within driving distance of central KY. Tons of authors this yr, & while Mitch McConnell “co-authored” a book, he won‘t be there to ruin my day. Authors that will be there include: Gwenda Bond, David Arnold, Tiffany Reisz, Andrew Shaffer, Casey Cep, Kerry Winfrey, Adrian Matejka.

Megabooks I don‘t think I‘ll be ready to be up all day by then, but if I am, I‘d love to meet up! I‘ll just have to play it by ear with the spinal fusion. 3mo
Scochrane26 @megabooks I‘m excited this year-there‘s some I wish were going to be there but didn‘t have books out this time. But, there‘s so many, I‘m going to have to make a list & save $. I think they‘ve expanded from ky authors. Maybe if you can‘t make it this time, you can go next yr! 3mo
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BarbaraJean
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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...So much for the flags we bored
Into planets dry as chalk, for the tin cans we filled with fire
And rode like cowboys into all we tried to tame.

—from “The Universe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Tracy K. Smith

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BarbaraJean
Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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Tina says what if dark matter is like the space between people
When what holds them together isn‘t exactly love, and I think
That sounds right—how strong the pull can be, as if something
That knows better won‘t let you drift apart so easily, and how
Small and heavy you feel, stuck there spinning in place.